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Ben Quiney KC

Call 1998 • KC 2014

"An absolute star of the Insurance World."
(Legal 500)


Ben has wide experience of arbitrations, both domestically and internationally. This is in all his core areas, with particular emphasis on Insurance and Construction arbitrations. This has included acting in ICC, LCIA, LMAA, ARIAS, DIA, SIAC, and ad hoc arbitrations. Ben has also acted on Arbitration appeals and enforcement actions in different jurisdictions, such as in the BVI.

Ben accepts appointments as an Arbitrator and has been appointed to deal with claims involving his areas of expertise. 

Examples of arbitrations he has acted been involved in include: 

Selected Cases

  • A DIA arbitration dealing with multiple insurance claims arising out of five significant energy projects being heard in Denmark.
  • A LCIA arbitration dealing with a Warranty and Indemnity insurance claim arising from the purchase of a large construction business.
  • Defending a professional indemnity insurance claim arising from various claims against accountants brought by high net individuals.
  • An ICC arbitration dealing with a claim under a D&O Policy connected to the various LIBOR actions arising from the recent financial crash.
  • A SIAC arbitration dealing with an insurance claim arising from a significant transport network collapse.
  • A series of LMAA arbitrations arising from significant commodities transactions and international trade issues.
  • An ad hoc arbitration insurance claim arising from the collapse of a bridge in Russia.
  • An ARIAS arbitration under a D&O Policy arising from proceedings in the USA and allegations of multi-billion tax fraud in Russia.
  • An ICE Arbitration arising from a large water project in Scotland and extensive allegations relating to engineering issues.
  • Claims made under insurance policies relating to the provision of professional design services on multiple construction projects.
  • Claims made under a D&O Policy relating to the provision of services on a large construction project.
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  • Birkdale School, Sheffield.
  • University College, Oxford. BA (Hons) in Law – First Class.
  • Tax Trainee with Ernst & Young
  • University College, Oxford. BCL.
  • Admitted to Gray’s Inn. Awarded the Lord Birkenhead Scholarship.
  • Inns of Court School of Law.
  • Called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Virgin Islands Circuit.


Ben regularly gives seminars in his areas of expertise. He is happy to do so as part of in-house training. In the past few years he has given seminars on the following topics: Insurance Act 2015; liquidated damages; fire and disaster claims; bonds & guarantees; conflicts of interest; privilege and the law of evidence; damages; fiduciary and directors’ duties; interim commercial remedies; restrictive covenants; the impact of Covid 19 and insurance claims; loss of a chance in professional negligence claims; and the Law Commission reform of Insurance Law.


  • PNBA


“Ben Quiney is somebody with intellect. He knows how to present arguments in court – judges trust him because he puts things in a sensible manner and he is always massively prepped.”… “Ben has a good ability to take things back to first principles and does it in a way that is really clear and really coherent. He is also brilliant at keeping things focused and clients and solicitors on track.”

Chambers & Partners, 2024

‘A brilliant advocate and excellent with clients.‘

Legal 500, 2024

“Ben’s written advice is fantastic and his understanding of warranties and indemnities policies is second-to-none.”

Legal 500, 2024

“He is absolutely fantastic – he is so user-friendly and commercially sensible, and provides pragmatic advice.”

Chambers & Partners, 2023

“Clever, organised, smooth and on top of the detail. He is charming, caring, reasonable and hard-working.”

Chambers & Partners, 2023

“He is very commercial and will always have thought of everything.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“Utterly unflappable. Ask any question, no matter how complex or involved, and he will give a wholly considered covers-all-the-bases answer that gets to the real heart of the issue. Also very good at understanding how to get through opponents arguments.”

Legal 500, 2022

“Ben is incredibly calm, incredibly assured and measured.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“His advice is clear, measured and commercial and his mind is incredibly well organised.” “He’s good at structuring arguments methodically and impressive on his feet.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“His advocacy is sharp and incisive. Technically brilliant and happy to role up his sleeves.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He is always fully read in, prepared and very organised. There is no better man in a crisis.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He is structured and clear, and has a great knack for putting the client at ease. He’s very skilled at advocacy and advising in conference, and judges immediately warm to him.”; “He is calm and measured, puts his written arguments in an attractive way and is helpfully understated in court.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

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